NUTRITION AND WASH
Panax has experts available who have extensive experience of implementing evidence-based programs to improve nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices in developing countries. These interventions facilitated the adoption of healthy behaviors, such as early, exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding at home, and create community demand for key preventive interventions, such as vitamin A supplementation and improvement of sanitation facilities.
Clean water, nutritious food, and a hygienic environment are the building blocks of health for any community. Yet, these necessities are out of reach for many families in low-resource environments. As a result, malnutrition contributes to 45 percent of childhood deaths worldwide. Combined with micronutrient deficiencies, malnourishment stunts children’s physical and cognitive development, the consequences of which are life-long. Diarrhea, often caused by contaminated water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene, is a leading cause of childhood malnutrition and death.
At the facility level, we have the expertise to train public and private providers to offer better curative nutrition services and improve the policies, technical guidelines, and management practices for nutrition and WASH services.
Panax experts have helped ministries of health develop key materials and tools used to train health care providers in integrated management of acute malnutrition and essential nutrition actions. Also, trained facility-based health providers; child immunization and community outreach activities, Panax experts have helped; provide vitamin A supplements; community-based counseling about early, exclusive, and continued breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding. Panax experts have experience of training facility-based health providers on the World Health Organization (WHO)’s recommended best practices for infant and child nutrition; trained community providers on the positive deviance/hearth method, which empowers women to rehabilitate malnourished children at home, using locally available foods; implementing community-led total sanitation (CLTS), training families to build or upgrade latrines, and promoting hand washing with soap; CLTS is a globally recognized approach to teaching families and communities about the negative health and social consequences of open defecation. Panax experts have trained facilitators to help communities develop plans to eradicate open defecation, which included peer enforcement.